The City of Lowell, Vergennes Township, and Grattan Township will all have items on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2. Lowell Charter Township does not have an election this November.
Lowell’s First Look coverage will include in-depth articles, published throughout October, for those voting within city limits. As we’ve done in the past, each week we will highlight one City Council candidate. We will also provide answers to questions we asked each candidate surrounding current policies or issues facing the city.
In Vergennes Township and Grattan Township voters will vote in a special election for the vacant 28th District State Senator seat.
City of Lowell Councilmember Election
Four Lowell residents are running to fill three seats on the Lowell City Council. The three incumbents are facing one challenger who is not a new name to City Council elections. In alphabetical order, here are the four candidates for 2021:
Marty Chambers – Chambers was appointed to fill a vacancy on Lowell City Council in 2017 and ran in 2019, winning a two-year term. He is running to keep that seat in this election. He wants to continue his work on council. In addition to being a councilmember, Chambers works as a driver for Phillips Pet Food & Supplies and is the owner of Red Barn Consignment & Antiques in downtown Lowell.
Jake Davenport – Davenport ran unsuccessfully for Lowell City Council in 2017 and 2019. He says he has gained experience running in the past and has matured, feeling ready to take a leadership role in the city. Davenport works as a factory worker for Encore Floral in Grand Rapids.
Leah Groves – Groves was appointed to fill a vacancy on Lowell City Council in December 2020. She is running to keep her seat in this election. She wants to continue to provide a fresh perspective as a newer resident in Lowell and make connections within the community. Groves also works as a Parent Mentor for Michigan Alliance for Families.
Jim Salzwedel – Salzwedel was first elected to Lowell City Council in 2017 winning a four-year term. He is running to keep that seat in this election. He feels he still has things to complete in his role on council where he would like to be part of the decision process. Salzwedel works in Executive Sales with Allied Universal Technology Services.
City of Lowell Historical Museum Millage Renewal
The City of Lowell is asking voters for the renewal of a ten-year, .25 mil. Funds from this millage provide approximately one-quarter of the Lowell Area Historical Museum’s operational costs. Look for an article later this week with more details.
Vergennes Township and Grattan Township Michigan State Senate Seat
Voters in Vergennes Township and Grattan Township will have their say in a special election for an open Michigan State Senate seat left vacant in November 2020. The following people will appear on the ballot for State Senator for the 28th District.
- Keith Courtade – Democratic
- Mark Huizenga – Republican
- Alex Avery – Libertarian
- Theodore Gerrard – U.S. Taxpayers